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Movie fans who follow the Oscars know that in the show’s 84-year history, plenty of sub-par films and actors have won awards. Ethan Hawke, who has been nominated for two Oscars in his career, recently made that very point in an interview and called the awards “destructive.”
According to The New York Post, the Sinister actor spoke to Gotham magazine about the Oscars. “People want to turn everything in this country into a competition . . . [so] it’s clear who the winner is and who the loser is,” Hawke remarked.
“It’s why they like to announce the grosses of movies, because it’s a way of saying, ‘This one is No. 1.’ It’s so asinine,” he continued. “If you look at how many forgettable, stupid movies have won Oscars and how many mediocre performers have Oscars above their fireplace. Making a priority of chasing these fake carrots and money and dubious accolades, I think it’s really destructive.”
Hawke, who was nominated for his role in Training Day and for co-writing Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset, is just the latest actor to criticize award shows. Last fall, Joaquin Phoenix called the whole process “bulls**t,” but that didn’t stop him from getting nominated for The Master.
The Oscars are this Sunday, live on ABC.
Hawke’s next film is Before Midnight, which re-teams him with Linklater and writer/actress Julie Delpy.